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Colosseum & Roman Forum - Transfer Included

The Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire

Category: Must Do
History
Archeology

Price from: $320

Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)

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At first glance, you’ll see rubble but soon your knowledgeable and passionate private guide will help bring the ruins to life, painting a vibrant picture of Rome in the time of the emperors. 

Walk where the Roman senate walked, see where the gladiators fought, and stand where the citizens welcomed the Roman soldiers after successful campaigns.Leave the crowds behind and enter the Ancient Rome with your skip-the-line tickets and your personal local story teller. Walk where the Roman Senate met, see where the gladiators fought, and breathe the atmosphere of long lost echoes. 

Visit the Colosseum, one of the largest structures of the ancient world, where Romans once gathered to watch the gladiator games, battles with wild beasts, and according to legend, sea battles. Discover how the Colosseum, a massive stone amphitheater which seated an estimated 60,000 spectators, was built in only 8 years. Your guide will unlock fascinating stories of the design and construction,  the political benefit, the fighters, and the eventual end of the games at the Colosseum.

At the Imperial Roman Forum, your guide will bring to life the mythology, the popular celebrations of the time, and the gods of ancient Rome, which are reflected in the star signs in contemporary astrology. Learn how the pagan holiday Saturnalia influenced the unfolding of Christmas on the 25th of December today. Listen to the story of the Lapis Niger (Latin for ‘black stone’), the most ancient Latin text ever discovered in the world - which is housed in the foundation of a column in the Forum.

Discover the Temple of the Vestal Virgins - six young women taken from aristocratic families to serve as virgin priests of Vesta. They worked in the temple for a period of 30 years under different emperors and were regarded almost as goddesses in status. Their foremost duty was maintaining the sacred fire of Vesta which represented the hearth of Rome. As legend had it - as long as the sacred flame burned, Rome would endure.

End your tour with a wonderful view of the city and of the Imperial Forum from Capitoline Hill, the smallest and most important of the seven hills of Ancient Rome.

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Summary
  • Approximately 3 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    09:30AM or 1.30PM (Nov-Mar)
    08:30AM or 3:00PM (Apr-Oct)
  • Not recommended on the first Sunday of the month
  • Included 
    Blue Badge Qualified Guide Admission Tickets (Guaranteed to skip the long lines) | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation | Transportation to the site (only available for centrally located accommodations) | Private Tour
  • Not Included 
    Return Transportation (available upon request) Private Driver throughout the tour (can be arranged upon request) 
Standard itinerary
Colosseum
Roman Forum
Temple of Vestal Virgins
Capitoline Hill
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Pantheon

US$70

The Pantheon, this 2nd century tribute to All Gods and famed engineering marvel, has intrigued for ages - let your personal guide bring you back to the days of the emperors and gods when you visit this one-of-a-kind monument.

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Trajan's Market and Forum

US$40** Please note: Entrance to the site is optional - Admission tickets will be charged separately.

See the world’s first shopping mall in Trajan’s 2nd century “new” Roman Forum. See how history was recorded on the triumphal column, which documents the most important battles as well as marks the original height of the hill that was cleared to make way for the new construction. This marvel of Roman engineering will surprise and delight.

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Baths of Caracalla

US$70** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site.

One of the few places you can see ancient structure’s full height – you’ll be transported to the 3rd century as you walk among this vast bath complex. You'll see where slaves loaded ancient furnaces to heat the water for the different pools of this amazingly intact spa. You'll see mosaics that still decorate the pool floors, and even a game board used by bath visitors to pass the time while they soaked in the warm water. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Circus Maximus

US$40

As you walk around the enormous elliptical Circus Maximus, you will travel back in time to the earliest days of Rome. You will almost hear the spectators as you stand where over 100,000 Romans celebrated the public games. Travel back even further to when the first Etruscan king Romulus once celebrated victory over the Sabines in this famous spot. This is a great addition to a Colosseum/Roman Forum tour! An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Catacombs

US$140** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site.

The quiet tunnels will come to life as your guide tells you the stories and legends of early Christianity during the days of Roman persecution. The catacombs were the underground burial places of the early Christian and Jewish communities. You will discover the secrets of Christianity's earliest proponents who helped Christianity survive during the persecution from Rome's pagan emperors. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Ancient Secrets: Teatro Marcello and Area Sacra of Largo Argentina

US$70

Reveal the ancient secrets you won’t find at the Forum with this extension! Walk through the Teatro Marcello, conceived by Caesar and built by Augustus, which certainly served as the blue-print for the later and more famous Colosseum. Then visit the Jewish Ghetto and end in the Area Sacra of Largo Argentina where you will learn about Julius Caesar's dramatic final moments. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Famous Piazzas & Fountains

US$70

Don't miss Bernini’s Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini or Rome’s twin church domes in Piazza del Popolo. You can opt to go up the Pincio hill for one of the best views in the city. Or maybe you want to see the famed Piazza Navona? You will get plenty of ideas of where to eat and shop as you walk through these famous neighborhoods with your expert guide. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Extra Hour

US$80

Give yourself the freedom to take it easy- add an extra hour to your tour. With a private guide, you set the pace! If you prefer to spend some extra time to learn more, see more, take more photos, or if you have a large group, adding an extra hour ensures a leisurely tour without rushing to fit everything you want to see into the normal 3 hours.

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Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day

US$120** Please note: Experience is intended for up to 6 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

In the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will take part in the workshop of an Italian artist. This activity is fun for the whole family!. You will learn how to make a fresco or a mosaic. Choose a subject, prepare the surface with the plaster, the drawing, and you will use your brush to give life to the images; or make your own mosaic with a natural glue (water and flour) and fasten the marble or the glass pieces (tesserae) on a wooden support, creating your small masterpiece. Take home your creation to make your Roman holidays even more memorable!

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St. Peter in Chains - Michelangelo's Moses

US$40

Do not miss one of the most famous statues ever carved by Michelangelo - The Moses. This masterpiece is located in the church of St. Peter's in chains just a few steps away from the Colosseum. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Palatine Hill

US$40

From the Forum you will take a pleasant stroll to Palatine Hill, where Rome is thought to have originated. Walk among its beautiful hills and gardens and explore the Domus Augustus - Villa of Augustus - the partially excavated palace of Augustus and successive emperors. Your guide will discuss the legendary cave of Palatine Hill where, as myth has it, Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf who nurtured them through infancy.

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Roman Houses on the Celio Hill

US$70** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site.

This subterranean visit is a perfect extension for those loving off the beaten path visits. The Roman Houses on the Celio Hill is a fascinating time machine to discover the ancient roman lifestyle. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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St.Clemente Undergrounds

US$70** Please note: That admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site.

Visit one of the most famous churches in Rome, St. Clemente with its mysterious undergrounds. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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3 Hour Golf Cart Sightseeing Tour

US$370** Please note: Price is for transport up to 4 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

Discover a new way to tour historical Rome. Make yourself comfortable while your private driver and guide accompany you during this 3 hour tour. Set off and admire the most significant sights of the Eternal City. Listen to your guide, who will be your story-teller during this tour to discover the major fountains and squares of Rome.

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Kid-friendly

US$0

Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.

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Request a Wheelchair

US$50

Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.

These optional extras can be selected during check-out.
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    Sharon Smith

    We toured on the same day that we arrived, and it was great having the tour guide meet us at our hotel- it really took the stress out of getting around Rome, especially since we were more than a little tired when we arrived. We had time to relax, and we were so excited and refreshed when our tour started.

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    Barbara Wright

    Hi, heard great things about your company. is it possible to include the Colosseum undergrounds? we were told it's not easy to book

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  • Ciao Barbara,

    thank you for reaching out. it is indeed possible to add the Colosseum Undergrounds. All our tours can be entirely customised according to your interests or needs. You are very welcome to drop us an email and create your own tour.

    I recommend you reading this article for a better understanding about the differences between a standard Colosseum Tour and a Colosseum's Hypogeum Tour.

    When we reserve the access to the Undergrounds we are also able to climb to the Third upper Tier and walk in the Arena. This extends a standard Colosseum Tour of about 30/45 minutes so if you are planning to add it to a Rome in a Day itinerary then I would recommend to have a shorter visit of the Roman Forum to not extend excessively your day.

    Also you are correct it is not very easy to find access to the Undergrounds. I advice you to plan your tour well in advance (2-3 months). In any case we do have reservations regularly so we might be able to accomodate also last minute requests.

    Happy travels! 

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    Suzanne Wan

    Do I still get skip the line for the Colosseum tour if I buy the Roma Pass for my other siteseeing? Or should I buy extra tickets through Eyes of Rome to make sure I get that benefit?

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    Tour Design Team

    Hello Suzanne,

     

    This is a very good question, the Roma Pass does NOT include 'Skip the Line' services. You can avoid the line for travelers waiting to buy their ticket at the ticket office inside the Colosseum, however there will still be a line for the metal detector (however this can be minimised with your private guide). If you would like to make the most of your private tour of the Colosseum, we would suggest that you book your tickets through us so the guide will have them ready and printed before your meeting time.

    Thank you and we hope this helps!

     

    Eyes of Rome team 

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    Suzanne Wan

    Thank you for the advice, I've just sent a request for the ticket purchase along with the tour. 

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    Lydia Martinez

    This is so fascinating! I was reading the other day that there were even female gladiators!! they were called Amazones because of the tribes they came from.. I read that they fought only against each other and occasionally animals but it was very popular up until 200 ad when Settimio prohibited it but it continued anyway cause of its popularity. It was more like modern day wrestling though cause they didnt fight to the death

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    Denny Moon

    We really enjoyed our tour guide Karin. She gave excellent background information about the Colosseum in all its past glory with perfect english and great attention to details. She really made me feel as if I could see it! I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet her and have her guide me and my friends around the Colosseum. Grazie Karin! I look forward for your visit to San Diego.

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    Rachel Murray

    Unforgettable Colosseum!! My husband and I visited Rome this summer and we had had a fantastic experience with Eyes of Rome. We got picked up at our hotel in a private car with a nice and careful driver who drove us to the Colosseum. Elisa, our guide, was waiting for us and soon begun our memorable visit through one of the most iconic symbols of the eternal city. Elisa was outstanding, making the tour interesting and engaging. Her attention to details and her passion in history and art helped us to see the Colosseum and Roman Forum through other eyes. As the Colosseum and Roman Forum are open-air archeological sites, morning visits are recommended. We truly enjoyed the tour with Eyes of Rome, and if you are likely to have Elisa as a story teller she will help to make it unforgettable. Please pass this message along to Elisa!

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    Karin Libri | Eyes of Rome | Tour Guide

    Ciao Denny! Thank you so much, I enjoyed your company too! I look forward to have another great pizza with you when you come back to Rome!

     

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    Elisa Taddei | Eyes of Rome | Tour Guide

    Hey Rachel, Thank you so much for your comment! I enjoyed so much spending the morning with you, it is always nice to be with someone who is interested to my stories :)

    I am looking forward to seeing you in Rome again!

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    Lauren Cotts

     

    Amazing Francesco, Colosseum’s story teller !

    Francesco has been an amazing guide for our family of three (me, my wife and our kid of seven). He was very knowledgeable and entertaining, bringing fun facts and secret and hidden stories of Gladiators and Emperors. This way he was excellent on delivering a tour that satisfied both us and our boy. After Colosseum and Forum we went to the Gladiator School for our kid, and he had a great fun. By being a 'Gladiator for a day' he learnt more actively what it meant to be an authentic Roman!

    We highly recommend Eyes of Rome, nice staff and promptly responsive, who helped us with the organisation and on booking the best tour for us. Thank you again Mara for helping us finalising the organisation of the tours. Definitely a great experience!

     

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    Caroline Donna Randy

     

    Colosseum and Roman Forum, never too old!

    My long time friend and I decided to visit the eternal city this summer. My words cannot explain how beautiful this city is and how amazed we were each day we spent there. One of the pick moment of our holiday was certainly the Colosseum and Roman Forum, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and Stefania our guide, made it all fantastic! She has been absolutely awesome, very knowledgeable and friendly. She was patience and arranged a perfect day through ancient Rome for two old ladies like us! Even though my friend and I walked slowly and especially the Roman Forum can be a bit tricky, Stefania chose the best route for us and explained everything even from far. Colosseum lift worked, but we were informed to don’t rely on it before going on tour. Stefania's friendly company has been very appreciated. Stefania you will be always welcome in Lafayette.

     

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  • Hey Lauren, I am pleased you liked the tour! I enjoyed being your story teller too, and your kid is fantastic! I wish to see you again here in Roma. Ciao!

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Vatican Special:

Vatican First-Class: Secluded Gardens & Sistine Chapel
Exclusive Vatican Museums After Hours VIP Experience
Vatican Art & Breakfast
Must Do:

Borghese Gallery
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Colosseum Special: Undergrounds & Arena
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Villa Medici
Just Outside Rome:

Gandolfo Golf Cart Tour
Etruscan Highlights Of Tarquinia With Private Driver Service
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Create Your Own Tour
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Best of Florence Tour
Our All Sales Final Policy also applies to the following Tour Extensions:

Gelato Class
Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day
Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary
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Info about your Colosseum & Roman Forum Eyes of Rome Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 3 hours. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: You can select your favorite starting time. We recommend 09:30AM or 1.30PM in the months between November/March, or 08:30AM or 3:00PM in the months between April/October.
  • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price. We will provide your fast line tickets access to the sites, however if you do hold already a reservation please be in touch with us before finalizing your booking and we will adjust your final cost.
  • Photos: Photos and Video are allowed.
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. However tickets are required for children aged between 2 and 17. Kids between 0 and 2 do not require a ticket.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  • Personal Items: Large bags are NOT allowed in the Colosseum. 
  • Tips: Be prepared to climb uneven steps and explore an archeological site - wear good shoes. Anticipate Rome's intense heat in the summer - you may want to bring a small umbrella to block the sun as well as bottles of water.